Labor Day Parade & Rally Picnic

Join with LA Labor at the

39th Annual Labor Day
Parade & Rally Picnic

Monday, September 3 @ 10am
Wilmington, CA

Join AFM Local 47 President John Acosta, Secretary/Treasurer Gary Lasley & additional union leaders and fellow members for the largest Labor Day parade event on the west coast!

Musicians will be meeting at 9 a.m. at 501 Broad Ave and will be marching with members and leaders of SAG-AFTRA. Come out and show your #unionpride!

Marching bands, union delegations and floats, classic cars and motorcycles will be marching north to Banning Park. The picnic and rally commences at noon. Bring the family and join with our union sisters and brothers for live music and free picnic.

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Final Note: Thomas Stevens

Life Member. Trumpet
7/29/1938 – 7/15/2018

by the LA Philharmonic Association

Thomas Stevens, former principal trumpet player with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, passed away on July 14, 2018, in Cambria, CA.

Thomas Stevens was appointed to the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1965 by then-Music Director Zubin Mehta, who named him principal trumpet in 1972, a position he held until 2000. He served in the same capacity with the World Orchestra for Peace, Sir George Solti’s hand-picked group assembled in Geneva for the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the United Nations, and the Casals Festival Orchestra in Puerto Rico. Continue reading

LA Phil’s 100 for the 100th: Be Our Guest

LA Phil partners with L.A. County to make 10,000 free Walt Disney Concert Hall tickets available during centennial season

Breaking down economic barriers to Walt Disney Concert Hall and ensuring that its Centennial will be a celebration for all of L.A., the Los Angeles Philharmonic today announced that it will collaborate with the Los Angeles County Supervisors through its Education Department to distribute 10,000 free tickets to concerts during the anniversary season, October 2018 through June 2019. Continue reading

Final Note: Patrick Williams

Life Member. Composer
4/23/1939 – 7/25/2018

by Jon Burlingame

Patrick Williams, the Emmy- and Grammy-winning and Oscar-nominated composer-arranger-conductor, died of complications from cancer July 25 in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 79.

Williams, known to friends and fellow musicians as “Pat,” was a highly respected and beloved figure in both New York and Hollywood musical circles. His jazz albums earned 19 Grammy nominations (winning twice) and his television scores earned a total of 22 Emmy nominations (winning four times). Continue reading

Final Note: Neil Argo, Composer and Orchestrator on Aaron Spelling dramas, dies at 71

Member. Composer
5/28/1947 – 8/2/2018

Composer and orchestrator on Aaron Spelling dramas dies at 71

Neil Argo, a composer and orchestrator who worked on such shows as “Dynasty,” “Beverly Hills 90210” and the long-running nature documentary series “Wild America,” has died. He was 71. Continue reading

August 2018 Overture Online: We Did It!

Overture Online
August 2018

We Did It!
Musicians Celebrate New Laws to Strengthen California Film & TV Music Industry

#RespectTheBand
Musicians Rally Outside ABC
in NYC for Fair Contract

#ListenLA Spotlight
Made in L.A. Summer movie guide, Emmy noms &
more

Meet EMD Administrator Roxanne Castillo
Get to know the new head of our Electronic
Media Divisions

and more!

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H&W: Premium Assistance Under Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program

Professional Musicians & Employer’s Health & Welfare Fund:

If you or your children are eligible for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and you’re eligible for health coverage through your employer, your state may have a premium assistance program that can help pay for premium expenses, using funds from their Medicaid or CHIP programs. If you or your children aren’t eligible for Medicaid or CHIP, you won’t be eligible for these premium assistance programs but you may be able to buy individual insurance coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace. For more information, visit www.healthcare.gov. Continue reading

In Memoriam: August 2018

Robert (Bob) F. Bain
Life Member. Guitar
11/26/1924 – 6/21/2018
Survived by daughters

Theodore (Ted) R. Hughart
Life Member. Bass
11/14/1934 – 4/28/2018
Survived by spouse & children

Irvin M. Renfroe
Life Member. Piano
1/29/1945 – 11/7/2017
Surived by sister

Joseph Weiss
Life Member. Piano
1/15/1930 – 7/15/2018
Survived by cousins